06 March 2019
DUP South Belfast MP Emma Little-Pengelly has welcomed the appointment of William Shawcross as the Foreign Office Special Representative on UK victims of Gadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism.
Commenting Mrs Little-Pengelly said,
“Last December a cross party delegation of MPs met the Foreign Secretary about this matter. We put forward a number of proposals and I am pleased that the FCO and the UK Government has accepted and moved forward with this one. I welcome the announcement today that Mr Shawcross has been appointed to this role.
There has always been a strong case for Libya to put in place a compensation scheme for victims of the PIRA. Gaddafi armed the PIRA with Semtex. There is a huge responsibility on the Government to take every possible step to ensure Libya recognises the role it played in the PIRA campaign.
It is vital that we assess the number of victims who could potentially qualify for such a compensation scheme, what levels of compensation should be requested and how the issue can be best progressed.
In 2004, Libya agreed to pay compensation for the 170 people killed in the bombing of UTA flight 772 in 1989. The German Government secured $35 million for those killed in the 1986 bombing of the La Belle discotheque in Berlin.
PIRA victims across the United Kingdom have a very worthy and compelling case. They were et down by previous governments. It is critical that we continue to press this case. I am glad this is another step in the right direction.”